By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The San Francisco Giants will be without third baseman Evan Longoria for quite some time. He suffered a fractured fifth metacarpal bone in his left hand.
He was hit by a pitch in Thursday’s win over the Miami Marlins. That’s when he suffered the injury.
His teammate, pitcher Madison Bumgarner, was sidelined for two months after suffering the same injury.
The Giants will miss his bat, as he is tied for the team led with 34 RBIs. While surgery has been considered, the team and Longoria will look at all options, before making a decision.
As Longoria misses time, Pablo Sandoval is expected to receive more playing time at the hot corner for the team until the former Rays player is able to return. The 32-year-old has .247 batting average with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs in 66 games in his first season in San Francisco.
On June 14th, he only had one at-bat against the Marlins, before exiting the game.
Longoria is the first Giants player to go on the disabled list since June 1st. Brandon Belt went on the disabled list with an illness and is expected to be back in Mid-June.
Depending on how long it heals, he is one of two Giants players, whose status is uncertain. While Longoria is out indefinitely, Justin O’Conner, who was suspended on April 4th, also has a status uncertain.
Julian Fernandez is the only Giants player, who will miss the rest of the 2018 season. He is expected to miss until the 2019 season.
The 31-year-old Sandoval, who returned to San Francisco in 2017 after spending several seasons in Boston, Mass., has .272 batting average with four home runs and 19 RBIs through 53 games.